WOSC 18th 2021 Congress publications

All accepted abstracts of registered authors were published in the electronic WOSC2021 Congress book of abstracts.

Selected publications will be invited to submit short chapters for the book: World Organisation of Systems and Cybernetics 18. Congress-WOSC2021 Systems approach and cybernetics; engaging for the future of mankind published by Springer Nature.

The WOSC 2021 Keynote recordings can be found in the WOSC YouTube Chanel

After the congress participants can submit papers for special issues of a number of scientific journals. A list of journals under consideration may be found below.

  Journal                                                            Indexing  Editors                

CyberSystemic landscape

Following list illustrates the origin and updates from the map.Originated in 1996 by Dr. Eric Schwarz, Neuchâtel, Switzerland.
Extended in 1998, including items from the “The Story of Philosophy” by Will Durant (1933).
Elaborated in 2000-2001 from many sources for the International Institute for General Systems Studies.
Extended in 2016 by Benjamin Hadorn, Fribourg, Switzerland.

shared from https://uranos.ch/images/2019/09/23/systemic_evolution.jpg

WOSC 2020 on-line event

WOSC, in cooperation with the Russian Academy of Sciences will run an online event of conversations about the already proposed manifesto for WOSC 2020, as well as of its planned themes and sections. The conversations should provide to all of us an option to connect with our section co-coordinators and also among ourselves. In particular, we think that the COVID 19 pandemic should give us new perspectives about Crisis and post-crisis viability and governance.​

The on-line event live streaming will take place on the 16th and 17th of September on https://www.wosc2020.org/, nevertheless several videos, which are part of the on-line event are being uploaded throughout September. You are most welcome to have  look and provide valuable comments to the videos in Youtube. We do expect for the authors to reply on a short notice.

The Brain of the Future by Alexandre Pérez Casares

The ‘Age of the Cognitive Machines’ is the most drastic economic transition since the Second Industrial Revolution. This transition is driven by the confluence of multiple technological innovations –such as advanced robotics, machine learning, and the exponential growth of computation capabilities and digital communication bandwidth– which result in the ‘Rise of Intelligent Machines’, understanding ‘Machines’ as a concept beyond its physical connotations, and leveraging a change of paradigm in machine intelligence, an evolution from ‘Turing Machines’ to ‘Inference Machines.’ The new paradigm is unleashing extraordinary progress in a wide range of applications, from healthcare to transportation and even the justice system; at the same time, these new forms of intelligence are making decisions in complex ways that escape the limits of human comprehension.

This transition may result in rapid increases of productivity of goods and services, shifts in the structure of our societies and cultures, major disruptions for global commerce and the balance of international power (economic and military), a paradoxical reduction in the effectiveness of human communication, and growing income gaps driven by technological employment disruption and the nature of wealth creation. According to the Oxford Martin School, approximately 47% of total current US employment is at high risk of being impacted by computerization over the next two decades, in what would be the fastest rate of change of the labor market in the history of humanity. This process would require a significant re-design of economic and social policies together with the transformation of existing education systems, such as the foundations of primary and secondary education and the role of the university. 

Beyond the economic opportunities and challenges posed by the Age of Cognitive Machines, it may transform the role of the human species –and its current organizational structures–, and pose significant risks for the systemic viability of western democracies in a world of increasing complexity driven by intelligent machines, requiring a new paradigm of national and global governance. At a time when smart artificial agents, smartphones, smart-homes, smart-cities, wearables, factories, etc., are becoming increasingly omnipresent, shall we also expect technological progress in artificial intelligence to result in the emergence of smart-governments and nations?


From precision medicine to systems medicine by Christian Pristipino

“In humans, very strong interactions between quantitative and qualitative dimensions occur, in which psychological, emotional, cognitive and cultural variables invariably influence disparate biological processes within every bodily system. The result is the need for a combined bio-psycho-social/environmental approach to complex phenotyping. This more comprehensive description is achieved with systems medicine, which will enable a real transition to a more personalized model.”

Recognizing the Dangers of Simplicity Addiction by Michael Lissack

We are seldom taught that simplification has a high risk of failure. In truth, it only works up to a point, after which all that lies ahead is failure. To examine the limits of simplicity is to look at what happens when our efforts to make things fit into a sound bite, label, or keyword go awry. When simplification works, it can indeed be very effective. But simplification does not always work—so more of it is not necessarily better. And when simplification fails, it fails miserably. This talk exposes the limitations of simplification as a design choice, explores the cognitive origins of why we often get led astray in making such a design choice, and explores how we might develop a set of practical heuristics to counter the seductiveness of simplicity itself. The goal is appropriateness and balance— what cybernetics calls requisite variety, and what many design practitioners call placing context in context. I conclude with a heuristic to guide the practitioner on what to do when their efforts at simplification are failing.